Kerry IFA seeks reversal of executive pay rises


Members of the Kerry IFA want newly announced pay rises for senior IFA officials “undone” after a motion was “unanimously” backed.

The motion was introduced by County Sheep Committee Chairman Francis Foley and endorsed by dairy farmer John Sullivan at last Thursday night’s industry meeting.

The IFA recently announced that CEO Damian McDonald’s salary will increase from €185,000 to €215,998; IFA President Tim Cullinan’s salary increases from 120,000 to 140,000 euros; and IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe’s salary will increase from €35,000 to €40,000.

When asked if the pay rise was requested or proposed by the Compensation Committee, the IFA didn’t specify, but a spokesman said “the Compensation Committee has made a decision.”

Kerry IFA Chairman Kenny Jones from Kielduff outlined the mood of Thursday’s meeting.

“It has been highlighted that farmers cannot buy fertilizer but we are giving wage increases to our best colleagues. The mood was that these raises should not happen. Support for the motion was unanimous,” he said.

Former IFA national hill chairman Flór McCarthy, who also attended the meeting, said IFA chiefs should be given a pay cut based on their performance. The Kerry application follows a similar proposal by North Cork’s IFA last Tuesday night.

“People are angry about the raise. Many people feel badly disappointed by the IFA in relation to CAP,” said former IFA Presidential candidate John Coughlan.

Meanwhile, Kerry farmers have also called on the IFA to urge the government to introduce a fertilizer purchase subsidy to help smaller farms secure winter fodder supplies.

Mr Jones said: “Smaller farmers here have no money to buy fertilizer at the moment… They talk about silage and grass being in short supply for the year and next winter but now is the time to grow it. We urge the government to provide a subsidy immediately.” Kerry IFA seeks reversal of executive pay rises

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